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by Shane Stokes
October 13, 2017
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Despite helping Bradley Wiggins and the other British team pursuit riders to gold last year in the Rio Olympics, Heiko Salzwedel was sacked from British Cycling on Wednesday. According to the Daily Mail, the German was escorted from the National Cycling Centre in Manchester on Wednesday, something an insider said caused him to ‘feel like a criminal.’
Sources told the paper that he was the victim of a rider revolt after clashes with some on the British squad. British Cycling has refused to comment thus far; according to the Mail, this could be due to the negotiation of a severance package.
Salzwedel had been expecting to travel with the team next week for the European track championships, but instead was given his marching orders. It marks the third time he has left British Cycling, having first joined after the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He left two years later, then returned as performance manager in 2008. This was after he had helped the Danish team pursuit squad to silver in the Beijing Olypmpics.
He was brought back to British Cycling in October 2014 following a loss of form by the team compared to its Australian rivals. The latter showed strong form during last year’s Olympic team pursuit final, but the British squad rallied at the end to win gold.
British Cycling has been under pressure for the past year following allegations of bullying by coaches such as Shane Sutton.
Click through to read more at the Daily Mail.